Ever since federal penalties totaling $1.5 million were imposed earlier this year on 13 meat plants contracting in eight states with Packers Sanitation Services Inc. for employing children in critical food safety jobs, the story has not gone away.

Child labor restrictions typically fall under federal or state Labor Departments.

Continue Reading The food industry, especially meat producers, appears to be at the center of stepped-up child labor enforcement

A senator and representative have introduced legislation that would give the FDA and CDC authority to enter and collect samples at feedlots during foodborne illness outbreaks.

Federal agencies currently cannot collect samples from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) unless the operators voluntarily give them access. This has impeded investigations into

Continue Reading Legislation would give the FDA, and CDC power to collect samples from animal farms during outbreaks

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When you are sitting comfortable at home feeding your kids or going out to dinner, remember that there are a lot of people that have your back. I will be profiling them over the coming days as Poisoned begins streaming on Netflix. One of my favorite parts

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: Rosa DeLauro is just one of the heroes of ‘Poisoned’

Editor’s note: This column and profiles of the 16 food safety champions (four not pictured above) was originally published by Quality Assurance magazine. It is reprinted here with permission. To read profiles of the individual food safety professionals referenced in the column, please click here.

By Steven Mandernach, executive
Continue Reading 30 years of food safety standouts

The Government Accountability Office says the FDA should have the power to ask for and receive information from food companies about food packaging and food production surfaces in relation to chemical contamination.

In a report on so-called forever chemicals that do not break down that was requested by two U.S.

Continue Reading GAO office says FDA’s hands shouldn’t be tied on food package chemicals

Abbott Nutrition’s Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Ford has announced that his company is putting up $500 million for a new infant formula manufacturing facility at a location yet to be determined.

His announcement came during a quarterly phone conference with investment analysts as the troublesome infant formula shortages

Continue Reading Abbott Nutrition puts up $500 million for new state of art baby formula production

A member of Congress and consumer groups are expressing shock and asking hard questions about reports of additional infant deaths attributed to baby formula from Abbott Nutrition.

Following a report on Wednesday citing a Food and Drug Administration document showing the additional deaths, bringing the total to 9, U.S. Rep.

Continue Reading U.S. representative livid about new information in infant formula crisis

A subcommittee of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee is set to begin a hearing on infant formula shortages, which are related to recalls of products linked to an outbreak of cronobacter infections.

The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee is scheduled to open the hearing on May 25, according to
Continue Reading Congressional subcommittee to investigate shortages of infant formula linked to outbreak